The Days Inn Chicago has been known by many names, like the "Rock and Roll Days Inn" and the "Chicago Boutique Hotel - Days Inn on Diversey," but its history is entirely one of a kind. Many performers have stayed at our Chicago hotel throughout the years, and few hotels can boast a guest list that includes Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Black Keys, to name but a few.
Back in the day, bands staying at the hotel meant discolored bathtubs from hair dye, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love…, Sheryl Crowe rollerblading through the hotel lobby (not permitted), a front desk clerk doing laundry for the Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis Morissette bringing sushi to a front desk clerk, musicians sitting in the lobby playing the guitar.
Today, bands still frequently visit the Days Inn hotel; not nearly as much as in the Rock and Roll days. But the stories live on. If you have any good Days Inn band stories, please contact us. We're dedicated to keeping our unique heritage alive and well, and we look forward to sharing it with you here in Chicago.
Rock Performers Who Stayed There
Famous Rockers Who Have Stayed Here -
Many people still refer to the Lincoln Park hotel as the Rock & Roll Days Inn due to the many bands that have stayed here and subsequently become famous.
John Lee Hooker Jr
Dave Mathews Band
Goo Goo Dolls
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Jazz Age History - The Diversey Arms Hotel in the 1920s -
In 1925, jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke lived in the building known at the time as the Diversey Arms Hotel (historic name of the Lincoln Park Hotel). He played with Charley Straight's Orchestra at the Rendez-Vous Café located on the corner in the same building (at the time 622 Diversey - corner of Clark & Diversey). Another legend, Red Nichols, stayed with Bix for a while.
Joe E. Lewis also performed at the Rendezvous Café -
On October 15, 1927, comedian Joe E. Lewis told the owner of the Green Mill Café that he was leaving to work at the New Rendezvous Café. The next day, gangster "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, part owner of the green Mill, met Joe outside the Commonwealth Hotel at 2757 Pine Grove Ave. where Joe lived for seven years, and told him "You'll never live to open." Joe grinned and told him, "I open on November 2, I'll reserve a table for you," then walked away.
On January 28th, less than eleven weeks after his throat was slashed, Joe E. Lewis opened again at the Rendezvous here at 622 Diversey while bodyguards stood on the roof across the street to protect him. The place was sold out. Ted Healy, of "Three Stooges" fame and Sophie Tucker canceled other engagements to be in the show with him.